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NAWE Management Committee Elections Update

The NAWE Management Committee were elected at the NAWE AGM on Saturday 9 November, which took place during the NAWE Conference at Park Inn by Radisson, York, YO1 6JF. The committee will serve from November 2019 to November 2022. 

Current Management Committee Biographies

Jonathan Davidson (chair)

Jonathan Davidson has worked for over twenty-five years in arts management and literature development. He is Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands which runs a major programme of writing in education work with children and students.

Jane Bluett

I have served on the NAWE Management Committee for 5 years and am committed to the continued success of the organization. As well as teaching A Level English and serving on the NATE post 16 Committee, I have been closely involved in the development of the new A Level in Creative Writing and have recently completed my PhD in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. I have taught Creative Writing to A Level students in Nottingham for many years and am actively involved in the Nottingham writing community as a poet.

Anne Caldwell

Anne Caldwell is a poet, freelance writer and lecturer for the Open University. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton. In the past, she worked for NAWE in various capacities including Programme Director, with a specialism in professional development for writers. She is co-editing a new prose poetry anthology for the UK: 'The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry' with Oz Hardwick, and her most recent book is 'Painting the Spiral Staircase', (Cinnamon). She has also had a career in literature development and libraries and is programming live events this year for the City of Salford.

Derek Neale

Derek Neale is a novelist – The Book of Guardians (Salt, 2012) – script and short story writer, and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University. He edited and co-wrote A Creative Writing Handbook: Developing dramatic technique, individual style and voice (A&C Black/Bloomsbury, 2009); co-authored Writing Fiction and Life Writing (both Routledge, 2009) and was a principle author in Creative Writing: a workbook with readings (Routledge, 2006). Derek is lead educator on the OU/FutureLearn Start Writing Fiction MOOC.

Michael Loveday

Since 2013 Michael Loveday has been a freelance tutor for adults at various educational charities, including working as a scribe for people with disabilities, documenting life stories with the over-50s, getting unpaid carers to write fiction and poetry, and teaching creative writing by conference call with the housebound. From 2004-2012 he was editor-publisher of 14 magazine, a journal for modern sonnets, which ran for fourteen issues. Before his damascene conversion to creative writing, he worked for several years in marketing and management consultancy for various international clients, researching why people prefer certain brands of shampoo, drink fizzy drinks, prescribe blood pressure tablets, rely on travellers cheques, and drive Korean cars.  He has studied Creative Writing at Newcastle and Kingston Universities and writes both fiction and poetry, with a pamphlet from HappenStance Press ('He Said / She Said', 2011) and a particular interest in the short-short story and prose poem.

Ian McEwen

Ian McEwen is an experienced company director and charity trustee. After dallying with a D.Phil. in the philosophy of mathematics, he worked in investment banking and as co-founder of a biotech company. Since 2003, Ian has been a trustee of the Harpur Trust, a large local charity with a strong leaning to education. He currently chairs the Harpur Trust Grants Committee which makes approximately £1m per annum in community grants within the Borough of Bedford. Ian has taught poetry in local adult education settings, philosophy courses for the Oxford Department of Continuing Education, and is deeply involved in school governance. He visits schools whenever he can to talk about poetry, and organizes many local poetry activities. Ian was treasurer of Magma Poetry 2011-2016 and is also a poet whose first collection, Intermittent beings, was published by Cinnamon in 2013. 

Lucy Sweetman 

Lucy Sweetman is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her research is focused on memoir, the literary essay, and using creative writing to respond to and make sense of national and global political events. Lucy also researches and writes about teaching and learning in higher education. Her most recent publication is a co-edited volume on leadership in higher education. Before coming to Bath Spa University, Lucy spent more than twenty years working in the voluntary sector with vulnerable and marginalized young people.


Co-opted members

David Kinchin

David Kinchin has been a freelance writer for over thirty years. He has specialised in the area of Counselling and PTSD having published four books, hundreds of articles and written a number of different training courses. For 25 years David has also worked for the Writers Bureau Ltd as a creative writing tutor. Working from home he assists distance learning students as they work through their assignments. With students from over forty different countries, there are a wide number of different issues in helping them to become published and he gets a real buzz every time a student meets with success.

NB: The elected committee may co-opt further members to fill any role which is vacant, provided co-options shall come to an end at the next AGM, when elections will again apply to any vacant positions.

Those elected shall serve for three years. After this period, Committee members shall stand down, but are eligible for re-election. An elected member may be asked to stand down if s/he misses 3 meetings within a year without input to the proceedings or special leave of absence.